- When did you start sewing?
I started when I was around 5. My mom gave us scraps of fabric and we hand sewed Barbie her clothes. I really got into sewing about 5 years ago. I had to quit my job to take care of one my children who had health problems. Wanting to make more money for the house, I started making helmet covers, (referred as helmet panties) for the roller derby shop in town and branched into wrestling gear. I met a wrestler at JoAnn’s that needed help finding something. He gave me a chance to make him something and it was word of mouth from there.
- Did you receive any training and/or did you go to school for sewing?
My mom taught me to sew the basics. I lost interest until I saw my old machine sitting in the garage. I taught myself how to sew things I needed to know from there.
- How often do you sew each week?
Around 80 hours a week, I can’t sit still.
- Do you prefer hand or machine sewing?
I love machine sewing. I love to be fast and get on to the next project.
- Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
I can’t sketch if my life depended on it. However I do sometimes doodle designs for myself that my clients are asking for.
- Do you prefer store bought patterns, making your own patterns or no patterns?
I buy store patterns and customize them for every person. People want things to hang differently and it isn’t hard once you work with patterns and practice to change it a little.
- What is your favorite local fabric/sewing supply store?
Heddy’s Fabric, I love the staff there and the spandex supply.
- What sewing tool would you recommend to others (include brand/where they could find it)?
Really basic, but a 24×36 inch cutting mat. I believe JoAnn’s has them. I go through about one a year I do so much cutting on it.
- What is your sewing specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
Spandex is what I specialize in. I love creating wrestling gear. Every piece is different and challenges me to think outside of the box. One has to think how to make it “pop” in the ring.
- Do you sell any of your creations? If so where can people shop your line?
I mainly sell custom creations so there are not 2 of something walking around. I do sell a few premade basic pieces on www.zeescreations.com
- Do you showcase your creations at any local shows? If so where?
No I don’t. Being my pieces are customized for my clients wants, I don’t tend to have the finished pieces for very long.
- What designers/sewers inspire you? Why?
What I do is so different, that there really isn’t a designer that inspires me. I really look at the changes in styles in what is in the ring now. I am lucky to have a few clients that like to push the boundaries.
- Do you read any sewing books/blogs/magazines? If so what are your favorites?
I like Sew News; they have articles in there for every level of sewer.
- What would be your top 3 tips to those who are new to sewing?
1. Don’t be scared of spandex. It is the most forgiving fabric if the measurements are off a little. 2. If you are adding a spandex design on top of spandex, don’t even try to pin it on, glue it first so it stays in place while you sew. It won’t lose its shape and won’t buckle. 3. You should become friends with people that work at fabric stores. They can give you some of the best advice and point you in the right direction if you have a problem.